Ponting Wines is a collaboration between one of Australia’s most celebrated modern-day cricketers, Ricky Ponting and Ben Riggs, an award-winning Australian winemaker known for uncompromising, high quality wines. Masters of their craft, their partnership has been forged to celebrate their dedication and achievements.
Each wine reflects Ricky’s life and has been carefully crafted by Ben to ensure flavour, structure and complexity are of the highest quality.
Ponting 366 is the pride of the collection, an extraordinary wine that celebrates Ricky Ponting’s extraordinary career. A testimony to 168 Tests, 13,378 runs and 41 magnificent centuries. Ben has crafted a classically Australian blend of Shiraz and Cabernet from the famous regions of McLaren Vale and the Coonawarra to create a wine that will stand the test of time.
The Pioneer Chardonnay and the Mowbray Boy Pinot Noir are born from Ricky’s love of Tasmania. These wines acknowledge his family heritage and his formative years at the Mowbray Cricket Club as a child protege, who would one day captain his country.
The Pinnacle McLaren Vale Shiraz honours the most famous of all cricket battles, the Ashes. Ricky’s career against England was uncompromising, with no quarter asked or given of his opponents, from 35 tests played, he captained 18, scored eight centuries and 2,476 test runs.
The Close of Play Langhorne Creek Cabernet Sauvignon is a wine of great character and style. A wine that acknowledges the special moments with teammates and the tradition of raising a glass with team mates at the close of play and is the perfect “Finale” for any get together.
Ponting Wines is a celebration of Ben and Ricky's commitment, dedication and achievements in their chosen crafts.
Ricky Thomas Ponting is regarded as one of the greatest cricketers of all time.
Ponting gained a reputation as a cricket prodigy when at age 11 he scored four centuries for the Mowbray Under-13s in a five day Tasmanian cricket tournament. He then scored a further two centuries when promoted to play in the Under-16 tournament a month later. The “Mowbray Boy” made his first class debut for Tasmania aged 17 and by age 20 he had made his Test debut for Australia.
Ponting was a key factor in Australia’s dominance in international cricket in the early 2000’s. Ponting boasts more records than any other player in Australian history including the most wins as a player and a captain, Australia's highest run-scorer in test and ODI cricket as well as scoring the most international centuries by an Australian batsman and second most of all time. Ponting's awards in cricket include ICC Player of the Year (twice), Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World, Cricinfo Player of the Decade and Allan Border Medallist (four times).
The baggy green cap is the most powerful symbol in Australian sport. Nothing comes close to it for tradition, meaning and representation. Ricky proudly carried test cap number 366 since his debut in 1995. He played 168 tests and always saw The Ashes as the pinnacle of Test cricket
- “Once you get a taste for it, you realise that it doesn’t get any better or bigger than playing Ashes cricket”.
Ricky regards the 2006-07 series as his fondest Ashes memory
- “The hunger in the group was phenomenal and our performances just as dominant. The England team in that series was a very good team but they were blitzed by one of the greatest Test teams ever.”
Australia won that series in a 5-0 whitewash, the first since 1920-21.
As the most winning captain in test and one day history, Ricky enjoyed plenty of post match celebration with his team mates
- “Raising a glass with team mates at the Close of Play, when the game was done and the crowd was gone, they were the special moments.”
But it isn’t just the success on the field that shows this man's dedication. Intensely private, a proud family man and true Australian gentleman, his determination and focus drove his success from day one. So much of who Ricky has become is based on where he came from. He’s proud of his background growing up in the work-class suburbs of Launceston and the values he was taught in that town and in the dressing room of the Mowbray Eagles Cricket Club. From a small-town upbringing to captaining his country, his journey has been captured in the fabric of Ponting Wines.
Ponting Wines is a celebration of this commitment, dedication and achievements throughout his life. To be enjoyed with family and friends.
Ben Riggs or favourably known as Mr. Riggs has been in the winemaking game both in Australia and Internationally for more than 35 years. Ben has consulted with over 25
winemaking companies and has decades of vintages at McLaren Vale’s Wirra Wirra under his belt as well as founding Mr Riggs Wine Co. in 2001.
Graduating from Roseworthy Agricultural College in Adelaide, Ben furthered his experience through vintages abroad in the Napa Valley, Bordeaux, Greece, Italy, and the South of France as well as Australia. Ben has logged a whopping 47 vintages in total. Ben’s winemaking skill has been recognised locally through over 100 trophies, countless gold medals and awards including winning the Great Australian Shiraz Challenge twice, McLaren Vale “Bushing King" twice plus two nominations for Gourmet Traveller Winemaker of the Year.
Ben’s winery in South Australia is positioned at the premium end of the ladder, and uses his extensive contacts with growers to pick exceptional fruit from the Adelaide Hills, Clare Valley, Barossa Valley, Coonawarra and McLaren Vale. Ben’s winemaking philosophy is to make unpretentious wines that express the essence of the vineyard and the region’s terroir in a style that Ben enjoys drinking; big, rich and complex, but also with finesse, texture and elegance.
Ben is passionate about community and is known for his active involvement in preserving the integrity of the land. He played a lead role in developing the sustainable farming program in McLaren Vale. The program initiated over 10 years ago was rolled out nationally in 2019.
Ben has combined his unique vision of wine alongside his passion for the extraordinary to work in collaboration with Australian great – Ricky Ponting. Together they have crafted Ponting Wines – a range of wines which showcase both men’s extraordinary dedication and achievements.